Check the Facts First, Please
On October 28, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Brighton received a notice commanding them to appear in Juvenile Court on November 3 for a preliminary hearing. The notice alleged that their child was in need of services on the grounds of persistently and willfully fail[ing] to attend school. Such news was extremely distressing to the family, especially since they had received a signed recognition for their home school program from the school district in September.
By contacting appropriate officials on behalf of this family, HSLDA was able to obtain the dismissal of the case. In the process, we learned that the truant officer neglected to take the simple step of checking to see if the family was in a home school program recognized by the school district before filing in juvenile court. Scott A. Woodruff